Lille take on the visitors Nantes at "Stade Pierre-Mauroy" in the last matchday of the Ligue 1 in the season 2016/2017. The game will be played in Villeneuve d'Ascq on Saturday, May 20th.
Having assured their place in the elite division in next season, Lille were broken in last back-to-back clashes vs. Metz 0:2 and vs. Monaco 0:4. "Les Dogues" completely failed in this season: the side occupies just the 12th position in the standings with 43 points earned and 37-47 goal difference. The main reason for such regress is team's disastrous performance at its own turf: this season Lille and Nancy picked up 21 points each at their home ground which is the worst result in the Ligue 1.
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On Sergio Conceicao’s was taken the job of the head coach in early December, Nantes turned from the Ligue 1 outsider into the solid mid team. The side occupies the seventh place in the standings with 51 points taken and 40-51 goal difference after 37 rounds. "Les Canaris" permanently pick up points both in front of their fans and on the road. Nantes recorded 23 points gained, 21 goals for and 27 goals against in 18 away encounters.
This season Lille and Nantes met two times resulting in 0:0 draw in the Ligue 1 and 1:0 triumph in favour of "Les Dogues" in the Coupe de France. The teams' head-to-heads statistics as well as the opponents' results in the season in a whole witness that they score rarely - on average one goal per match. Thus, I believe that a number of goals will not be combined by the rivals in the last fight of the season.
Prediction for the match: Under 3.0 scored goals.